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Israeli forces raid Beit Ummar homes, printing shop

Nov. 6, 2016 10:53 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 6, 2016 5:01 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the village of Beit Ummar in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron at dawn on Sunday, breaking into several houses and a printing shop.

Local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad told Ma’an that Israeli forces removed the doors of the Dozan printing shop, owned by Hassan Faraj, and seized a computer and some printed material.

Awad added that army forces raided the house of Ahmad Murshid Rashid Awad, and thoroughly questioned his sons Ayish and Muhammad.

A day earlier, clashes broke out between local youth and Israeli soldiers in Beit Ummar after soldiers removed and stepped on a memorial poster of Khalid Ahmad Elayyan Ikhlayyil, 23, a local youth who was killed by Israeli forces nearly a week earlier after he allegedly attempted to commit a car-ramming attack near the village.

Israeli forces have previously targeted printing shops where posters commemorating Palestinians killed by Israeli forces were manufactured.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

According to Ma'an documentation, Ikhlayyil was one of 238 Palestinians killed by Israelis since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory in October 2015.

Some 25 Palestinians have been killed during this time period while carrying out or allegedly carrying out vehicular attacks.

The last Palestinian to have been killed before Sunday was a 15-year-old resident of Beit Ummar, Khalid Bahr Ahmad Bahr, who was shot by Israeli forces on Oct. 20 during clashes in the area.

Since the unrest began, residents of the villages and towns where alleged attackers were from have seen an increase in nightly raids and periodic blockades immediately following such attacks.

Israel’s response to alleged attacks -- both large and small -- such as punitive home demolitions, the sealing of entire villages, mass detention campaigns, and withholding the bodies of Palestinians slain while committing attacks, has been condemned by rights groups, who have said the measures amount to “collective punishment” and represent a clear violation of international law.
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